Staffordshire residents get fibre optic broadband boost

Wednesday, November 27th 2013
Residents in two areas of Staffordshire have been connected to fibre optic broadband thanks to a rollout by BT.
Staffordshire residents get fibre optic broadband boost
Homes and businesses in two areas of Staffordshire are celebrating after being introduced to fibre optic broadband access.

Properties in Uttoxeter and Longton now have access to superfast speeds thanks to the latest rollout, which has so far connected 2,000 premises.

Over the coming weeks BT engineers will continue to work on the upgrade. Once completed, the coverage can be expected to reach 7,200 properties in Uttoxeter and 30,000 in Longton.

Despite criticisms that it has excluded some areas of the country because they don't have a population density deemed to be commercially viable, BT has introduced the infrastructure in these rural spots without the help of public funding.

Staffordshire County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure Mike Winnington explained that the hope is that the move would benefit both residents and businesses in equal measure.

He said: "It is pleasing to see that even more Staffordshire people and businesses will benefit from access to superfast broadband next spring thanks to BT's investment."

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